Solomon: UAB Blowing Up Football Was Planned

By Phil Cantor
Mar. 23, 2015

Yeah, We'd Be Spitting Mad, Too...
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((HT: CBS Sports/Solomon))

Jon Solomon, over at CBS Sports, has been keeping track of all that has gone down with the demise of UAB Football and he now has information that the CarrSports report was used to misrepresent the desire of the university's hierarchy... blowing up the program... through the advice of a New York PR firm.

Color the HQ totally shocked... 

You'll remember the CarrSports report painted a picture of building financial losses and no real hope of having the program becoming financially viable- thus, the " only decision the school could make," in sending the football, bowling, and rifle programs into the street.

The university hired a New York PR firm, Sard Verbinnen to help in breaking the news in a sympathetic manner. Solomon has some of their advice from September of 2014:

“UAB has contractual obligations to Conference USA and the coaching staff to compete in the 2014-15 season,” Sard Verbinnen wrote. “A September/October announcement could result in a critical mass of immediate transfer requests (estimated to be at least 20-25 of the team's top players), where students refuse to finish out the season as they seek to regain the year of eligibility, or a full team boycott. If not effectively managed, it is conceivable that UAB would not be able to field a competitive team -- or any team.”

So, the announcement was delayed... and we know what happened next...

Which led to this, FOSG Trent Butler on lead...

((HT: WIAT-TV))

The HQ is full aware of the politics and the relationships intermingled with the Board of Trustees and the UAB admininstration. It continues to disgust us how this came about and kudos to Solomon for staying on the story...

And the notion that UAB hiring a firm to review the CarrSports report and, then, back off because of bias is typical for their game plan upstairs at UAB.

The HQ hopes Bill Clark and the coaches and players that have ANY eligibility left in the three sports sent away can find jobs and educations that will put the school that abandoned them to nothing more than consistent shame.

More when we know more...